“Say it is only a paper moon/Sailing over a cardboard sea”*

*from: (Wikipedia): ” “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, popular song published in 1933 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg and Billy Rose.”

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“(Raymond) Asquith himself was furious, as Harry Poulton, the Liberal League MP, reported to Rosebery two days after Bodmin: ‘I called at Asquith’s chambers in the Temple and was never more taken aback in my life. I found him, so far from being pleased, as I expected, very much put out and indeed angry. He had interpreted Campbell-Bannerman’s speech in an entirely opposite sense and says that everyone had done so including Haldane. They regard your utterance as a positive disaster…”

The Law Directory of 1914 lists Raymond Asquith at 1, Paper Buildings (see image), when his home address was 49 Bedford Square, London WC.

From Wikipedia:

“Raymond Herbert Asquith (6 November 1878 – 15 September 1916) was an English barrister and eldest son of British prime minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife, Helen Kelsall Melland (died 1891).

A distinguished Oxford scholar, he was a member of the fashionable group of intellectuals known as the Coterie, notable for their unconventional lifestyles and lavish hospitality. Like several of them, Asquith was killed in action in the First World War during his father’s term in office.

“Paper Buildings are a set of chambers located in the Inner Temple in Temple, London. They were initially constructed in 1609. Paper Buildings appear in A Tale of Two Cities and Barnaby Rudge.

On 6 March 1838, about twenty sets of chambers were destroyed, including some valuable libraries, important documents and so forth. The fire originated in the chambers of W. H. Maule MP.

Paper Buildings are on the site of Heyward’s Buildings, constructed in 1610. The “paper” part of the name comes from the fact that they were built from timber, lath and plaster, a construction method known as “paperwork”. A fire in 1838 destroyed three of the buildings, which were immediately replaced with a design by Robert Smirke, with Sydney Smirke later adding two more buildings. A famous resident of (at the time) Heyward’s Buildings was John Selden, who was one of the original tenants and shared a set of chambers with Heyward himself.

3 Paper Buildings: John Galsworthy had chambers here from November 1894, where he wrote a short story called “Dick Denver’s Idea”, which was his first work of fiction. MI5 was located here from 21 February 1911.

3PB (3 Paper Buildings) is a barristers’ Chambers which has been in existence since Christmas Day 1892. There currently are 152 full-time members, 9 of whom are Queen’s Counsel.

14 Paper Buildings: The Common Bail Office and The King’s Bench Office were located here.”

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